2019 Mazda 3 vs. 2019 Volvo V60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Mazda 3 and the V60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

Mazda’s powertrain warranty covers the 3 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the V60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the V60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 2 times as many Mazda dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 3’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 22nd in initial quality. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 14th in reliability. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Volvo is ranked 29th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Mazda3 gets better fuel mileage than the V60:

 

 

 

MPG

Mazda3

FWD

Manual

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/35 hwy

 

Auto

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

 

Sedan Premium 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/36 hwy

AWD

Auto

Sedan 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

 

 

Hatch 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

V60

FWD

Auto

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/36 hwy

AWD

Auto

T6 2.0 turbo-supercharged 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Mazda 3 Premium/Hatchback/AWD’s fuel efficiency. The V60 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mazda 3 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The V60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The Mazda 3 offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The V60 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the Mazda 3 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For better maneuverability, the Mazda 3’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the V60’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.1 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda 3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 pounds less than the Volvo V60.

The Mazda 3 Hatchback is 11.8 inches shorter than the V60, making the Mazda 3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mazda 3 has standard extendable sun visors. The V60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mazda 3 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The V60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mazda 3 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The V60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

The Mazda 3 comes in sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Volvo V60 isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Recommendations

The Mazda 3 outsold the Volvo 60 Series by over five to one during 2018.

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